The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

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REVIEW: James Blake – ‘Assume Form’ (Polydor)

‘Assume Form’ is not the kind of cold and subdued album for which many have pigeonholed James Blake, but a warm release, full of intricate hooks and devastating lyricism.

REVIEW: The 1975 – ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’ (Dirty Hit / Polydor)

Listening to The 1975 trying to actively forge an intelligent, overarching statement in an era when sincerity has long since died makes ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’ arguably the most relevant pop album this decade.

CULT ’70s: Siouxsie & The Banshees – ‘The Scream’

A key marker in the evolution of the British post-punk and goth scenes, Siouxsie & The Banshees’ 1978 debut album ‘The Scream’ is brilliantly and darkly compelling.

CLASSIC ’70s: The Jam – ‘All Mod Cons’

The point at which Paul Weller’s muse kicked in to life, ‘All Mod Cons’ was the start of The Jam’s imperial phase, full of incisive social observations and razor-sharp punk.

REVIEW: Years & Years – ‘Palo Santo’ (Polydor / Universal)

With greater drama behind the vivid and bright-edged electro-pop, Years & Years’ second album ‘Palo Santo’ is much more compelling than their rather flat debut.

REVIEW: Frank Turner – ‘Be More Kind’ (Polydor)

On his seventh album ‘Be More Kind’, a collection of highly polished pop-rock anthems, Frank Turner’s idealistic political venting finally becomes tiresome and grating.

REVIEW: Mura Masa – ‘Mura Masa’ (Anchor Point / Polydor)

Mura Masa’s long-awaited debut album doesn’t quite shine with the same lustre as his early EPs and mixtapes, but his original vision for pop still alluring.

REVIEW: HAIM – ‘Something To Tell You’ (Polydor)

Having spent nearly four years on it, ‘Something To Tell You’ sees HAIM return with their critic and public-pleasing formula fully intact.

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